@zande I will look into the gentle leader thanks, I have been meaning to do that!
You'll wish you'd done it weeks ago ! Good luck !
Right. So my pups aren't old enough to have proper bowel control, and whilst they're learning where it's good to potty verses where it's bad, breaking their surface preference for carpets is proving tricky. Because of this, my room carpet is looking pretty disgusting at the moment. The veranda outside is looking pretty shocking too, and it doesn't smell fantastic, everytime I mop the tiles it lasts for five minutes before the pups muck it up again:/ Bearing in mind that I'm in South Africa and we don't always have access to the REALLY fancy (and pricey) pet-specific carpet cleaning products, what's the best way of dealing with this? The reason I ask is that my roommate is freaking out in a big way, starting to make "the dogs or me" claims because of the "filth" that I live in. Pfffft.
I can only imagine what you are going through.. Two pups is twice the work. Wow..They are adorable though! I saw the additional pictures you posted on your website and they are soooooo beautiful!
As for the carpet issues…Is there an area which you could fence off with a baby gate? That would help. I know its got to be hard to keep an eye on those two but stay strong You'll get through it. Be consistant. Take them outside every 20-30 min. As soon as they start sniffin the carpet scoop them up and go outside. Eventually they will get it. Good luck!!!!!!
Hi. Well of course the first order of the day is to not let them loose unless you are watching them. It might mean you have to keep one crated at a time. But every "accident" increases time it takes to house break.
For cleaning, this is from a friend of mine who not only is a dog trainer, but owns a cleaning service. Hope it helps!
How to remove dog urine stains and odors from carpet!
This works for dog, cat, human or any other type of urine.
FOR FRESH WET URINE.
FOR DRY OR OLD URINE.
PERSISTENT ODOR PROBLEMS?
If you have cleaned the carpet face fibers as described and still have an odor problem it probably not originating from the face fibers. Under the carpet are several layers of potentially odor absorbing material.
The Carpet Backing-
Your carpet is glued to a woven backing and sub backing that may be composed of a natural fiber like jute (tan or brown) or a synthetic fiber like action back (white). If you have a carpet with a natural backing it will be much more difficult to rid it of offensive odors. Either way you may treat it the same. Detach carpet from tackless strip and pull up affected area. Apply a DISINFECTANT (Lysol), or an enzyme product, directly to the backing of the carpet. Let the backing dry before it is reinstalled.
If the pad is discolored from pet urine cut out the affected area making straight cuts only. Take a portion of the damaged pad to a carpet retailer and buy matching pad to replace the damaged area. Cut out a new piece to the exact size and lay it in place. Tape the new pieces down with 3 inch wide masking tape.
It may be concrete, wood, ceramic tile, vinyl, or any other number of surfaces. Concrete and wood are the most common and the most absorbent. Apply a disinfectant (Lysol or Bleach if you are very careful to avoid the carpet) to the affected area. Let it dry. Seal the concrete with any concrete sealer available at hardware stores. Seal wood with polyurethane varnish.
Reattach the carpet to the tackless strip. You will probably need to hire a professional for this job. It's harder than it looks.
About the author:
My name is Mark Brackmann and I own Spotless Carpet Cleaning Inc. a professional carpet cleaning service in Jacksonville, Florida. I have used the methods described above, hundreds of times over the years and have charged my good customers thousands of dollars for this fine service. Many times the same customer will call me back several times a year to handle new problem areas or old areas revisited by the pet. Although it is a welcome addition to my income I am always stuck by how utterly unnecessary it is to clean dog urine from carpet. It is always easier, quicker, cheaper, and certainly more sanitary to teach the dog to pee outside.
Copyright 1996, this article may be reproduced only in it's entirety, not for profit purposes, and if the author is given credit. The author will not be responsible for any damage that is done, to the carpet or other property. Caution should be exorcised when using any chemicals around pets, or especially children. The author assumes no responsibility for injury, illness or any other loss.<<
I am fortunate… I work for a carpet cleaning company and can utilize their chemicals or services any time we have an "accident." Luckily my Hollie is housebroke (thank goodness) and she also goes to work with me, so I have very little opportunity for her to have accidents. Thanks for the above information, though, I may need it one day.
I used Stanley Steemer Carpet Cleaner. They were a little expensive, but they did a great job and I think it was worth it!